On his stellar new album, Gotta Get Back, Seth Walker excavates the roots of his love affair with music, reuniting the family that helped spark the fire in him all those years ago in the process. Walker, who grew up on a multi-family commune in North Carolina, gathered his sister along with his parents, who had been divorced for 20 years, to record the album's beautiful, sweeping string parts, all of which were arranged by his father.
Produced by The Wood Brothers' drummer/keyboardist Jano Rix and recorded primarily at Zac Brown's Southern Ground studio in Nashville, Gotta Get Back is a crowning achievement in Walker's celebrated career. The album opens up with the funky "High Time," a song co-written with longtime collaborator Gary Nicholson and referencing Walker's newly adopted home of New Orleans, which proved to be a fount of inspiration for the songwriter, who penned a number of tracks there including the swampy "Fire In The Belly" and Caribbean-influenced "Dreamer."
On ""Back Around,"" a collaboration with Oliver Wood, Walker channels his love of classic gospel, while "Movin' On" blends elements of country, soul, and Paul Simon-esque folk, and "Way Past Midnight" utilizes dual drummers to capture the buzz of and excitement of his first trips to New York City. Though travel and movement are recurring themes throughout the record, the heart and soul of the album lay in the idea of home and family, of looking to the past in order to find your way into the future. And he captures them both here with startling beauty and striking sophistication.